2014 Kia Forte Koup SX Review
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With its increased quality and with an embarrassment of standard options, the Kia Forte Koup deserves serious consideration, even among such hallowed company.
As a car from a relative upstart brand trying to compete with the Honda Civic, not to mention the Ford Focus and the Mazda3, the Kia Forte Koup has its work cut out for it. But Kia has been on a mission to carve out as much market share as it can, and with its increased quality and with an embarrassment of standard options, the Kia Forte Koup deserves serious consideration, even among such hallowed company.
The SX trim adds further upmarket conveniences, like heated steering wheel, heated and cooled driver's seat, navigation, sunroof, and a sportier meter display. It's a strictly utilitarian-feeling cabin, however. Everything is ergonomically appropriate and suitably comfortable, but it's less sporty than the Civic's interior, more in line with the Golf's look-and-feel (only much less sparse and German).
The Forte's steering is weighted more for comfort, and even a switch to Sport mode only stiffens things up a bit — there's still an inch or two too much float in the middle for our tastes. Throttle response is also slightly on the tardy side, but it's nothing the non-lead-foot will notice; power is more than adequate for most common driving situations.
The Forte's 1.6-liter engine is aided by a turbocharger, and the six-speed manual helps keeps things on the right side of the boring/fun divide. Gas mileage is on par for the segment: 29 highway and 22 city.
Sound isolation is decent and the base audio system is better than most competitors' &mdash driving the Forte Koup is an extremely pleasant - if not particularly sporty and engaging - experience.
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drivetrain Layout: front engine, front wheel drive
Power Output: 201 hp / 195 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg): 22 city / 29 highway
Price (as tested): $25,285 (includes $800 delivery fee)
Available Features: SX Premium Package: sunroof, leather seat trim, heated and cooled driver's seat, heated passenger seat, heated steering wheel, auto-dimming mirror
SX Technology Package : HID headlights, navigation, SiriusXM, 4.2-inch meter cluster.